Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Immigrant of the Day: Leslie Neilsen (Canada)

220pxleslie_nielsen Leslie William Nielsen OC (born February 11, 1926) is an Emmy Award-nominated comedian and actor. He is well known for his roles as Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun, Dr. Rumack in Airplane! and most recently President Harris in the Scary Movie series. Neilsen's portrayal of serious characters seemingly oblivious of (and complicit in) their absurd surroundings gave Nielsen a reputation as a comedian.

Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan He has two brothers, including Erik Nielsen who was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada during the 1980s.  After graduating Victoria Composite High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Nielsen joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served for a year as an aerial gunner during World War II. Once he left the military, he found a job as a disc jockey at a Calgary radio station and decided to enroll at the Lorne Greene Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto. In his early twenties, he moved to New York City for a scholarship he received for the Neighborhood Playhouse. He studied both theater and music while performing in summer stock theatre. In 1948, he made his first appearance on television in a Studio One episode.

Nielsen's comedic breakthrough came with a supporting role in 1980's Airplane!, a parody of Zero Hour!. Nielsen played a doctor aboard an airplane whose crew has been struck with food sickness. His deadpan delivery contrasted with the absurdity surrounding him. When asked "Surely you can't be serious?", he responds with a curt, "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."


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i am an english translation student.i want to leave for canad.i also teach and do traslating job.if you can help me for immigration i will return your favour. thank you for your early reply. Truly yours

Posted by: navid ghazi | Mar 31, 2008 10:22:26 AM

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